The members of Foundations in Art: Theory and Education (FATE), a national organization dedicated to the promotion of excellence in introductory, college-level studio and art history courses, have selected Associate Professor of Foundations William Potter to serve on their Board of Officers.
Potter takes on the role of vice president for FATE’s next biennial conference, which will take place in Indianapolis at Herron School of Art and Design in 2015.
“We are very excited to be hosting the 2015 Conference and to continue FATE’s positive momentum,” said Potter. “The most recent FATE Conference—postHaus in Savannah—set a high-bar, with 546 conference attendees and over 85 sessions. The reason that this organization continues to grow is that the issues and topics addressed are relevant and immediately applicable to teaching practices at the foundation level. As ‘Tectonic Shifts’, the title of the conference, suggests, we will be examining how the forces of change are shaping the foundation landscape. We will be interested in hearing from foundation faculty and programs that are breaking new ground in teaching practices.”
Potter earned a B.F.A. degree in Painting and Sculpture from the Columbus College of Art and Design and an M.F.A. degree in Painting from the University of Cincinnati School of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning. He began his academic appointment at Herron in 2001. He was director of the Foundations Program from 2001-2011 and continues to teach painting and drawing in Herron’s foundation program. He has been Herron faculty president since 2009.
He speaks nationally on teaching methods and his creative activity, most recently at School of Visual Arts Twenty-Six National Conference on Liberal Arts and the Education of Artists and at the Biennial Foundations in Art Theory Education Conference in St. Louis.
He also maintains an active studio and exhibition practice. His most recent show, Hidden Forms Embedded Meanings, took place in the Basile Gallery at Herron last fall.